The Auckland Darts Masters starts this coming Friday; the draw was done this morning throwing up some mouth-watering ties in the opening round. The eight PDC seed were drawn against the Oceanic representatives. Out of the eight Oceanic players, there were three that the seeded players would have liked to avoid. Kyle Anderson who has just won his maiden PDC Pro Tour title only last weekend. Corey Cadby who is the current world youth champion, and caused shock waves this time last year when he beat Phil Taylor in the World Series. Cody Harris is an up and coming Kiwi, who has put in some eye catching performances this year. The unlucky PDC seeds were Simon Whitlock who will play Cody Harris, Gary Anderson who will play Kyle Anderson and Peter Wright who meets Corey Cadby.
Gary Anderson was last year’s Auckland Darts Masters Champion, as he defeated Adrian Lewis in the final. Lewis along with Michael van Gerwen will both miss this year’s Oceanic leg of the World Series, as both have just become fathers. Anderson faces a tough first round game, as he takes on his name sake, Kyle. Kyle has just won his first PDC Pro Tour title last weekend in Barnsley, also hitting a nine dart finish on the way. World number three Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright has one of the darting young guns in Corey Cadby, Wright beat Cadby in Perth last year but was forced to average 110 to do so. Cadby could be a real danger over the next three World Series events. Simon Whitlock will face Cody Harris in what could be a banana skin for the seed. Harris is one of the Oceanic’s most improved players, so Whitlock will need to be at his best if he wants to make the latter stages of the Auckland Masters.
After an impressive run to the semi finals at the World Matchplay, Superchin Daryl Gurney will again be a danger. Gurney who reached the final at the US Masters, will be brimming with confidence ahead of the Auckland Masters. Michael Smith makes his World Series debut after breaking back into world’s top 10. The former youth world champion has found his best form again in 2017, after suffering a disappointing 2016. Phil Taylor will also be looking add another World Series title to his collection during his final year as a professional. Taylor added a sixteenth Matchplay title to his glittering collection. Taylor produced a fairytale performance in Blackpool to beat world number one Michael van Gerwen only two weeks ago, so will be the favourite before a dart is thrown.